Rubio to headline major South Carolina GOP fundraiser
March 20th, 2012
05:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Rubio to headline major South Carolina GOP fundraiser

Chicago (CNN) - With his star continuing to rise and a new autobiography hitting bookstores soon, Marco Rubio will venture to a key presidential primary state later this spring to help raise money for Republican activists.

Rubio, the junior senator from Florida, will be the keynote speaker at the South Carolina Republican Party's annual Silver Elephant Banquet on May 19 in Columbia, CNN has learned.

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The South Carolina visit will mark Rubio's first appearance in an important presidential proving ground - aside from his native Florida - since he won his U.S. Senate seat in 2010.

The Silver Elephant Banquet is the state party's biggest fundraiser of the year and should offer Rubio a chance to generate some early goodwill among the Palmetto State's most wired conservative activists if he does decide to seek a White House run at some point in the future.

It won't be his first trip to the state: Rubio made a fundraising tour of South Carolina in 2010 alongside Sen. Jim DeMint, an early supporter of his Senate bid.

While no Rubio adviser would publicly admit that the May trip has anything to with his national political aspirations, several presidential hopefuls, including Ronald Reagan and John McCain, headlined the dinner before launching White House bids.

With his compelling life story, Cuban heritage and unabashed conservatism, Rubio is currently topping vice presidential short-lists even though he and his aides have forcefully pushed back against the suggestion that he will be this year's GOP running mate.

If President Barack Obama wins re-election in November, however, the calls for him to run for president in 2016 will be difficult to ignore.

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Marco Rubio • Republicans • Senate • South Carolina
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    Shouldn't this rubio be learning about his family history before going to another state? These people are really stupid. The teapublikans have created the most dysfuntional congress in the history of our once proud country and these fools are still lining themselves with the likes of dimwit from SC. Way to go rubio. Make your heritage proud, NOT!!

    March 20, 2012 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  2. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    So, he is ambitious. He's not going to get far since he doesn't fit many of what his fellow Florida residents believe.

    March 20, 2012 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  3. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    The moron who voted againest the transportation bill that will cost Florida thousands of jobs ,tipical republican moron. Dem landslide coming in Nov and I'm going to be part of it. Thanks teaparty bafoons!!!!!

    March 20, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  4. king

    Its amazing how these repubs love to say, the government should stay out of people choice, and let people make their own choices to better themselves, but How can my choice go against big corporations greed. Which individual have ever make a choice with big corporations and won. Oh they forgot Romney said that corporations were people too, so if people have a choice corporations have a choice too. So they want government to get out of peoples life and allow people to compete with corporations. I wonder how the greed of the oil companies and health insurance panning out with the people's choice.

    March 20, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  5. diridi

    this dude is for VP, or Chris Christy for VP? nonsense. None of the GOP is even worth. Don't we know that they are the root cause for Nation's degradation.

    March 20, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    South Carolina loves anchor babies. Rubio is co sponsor of the Blunt Rubio anti women's rights bill in the senate, so he would make a good VP candidate for Mittens. They will be known as the "little dab will do you" good hair team.

    March 20, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  7. johnmccain

    He has fake hairline. Don't try to hide your thinning hair. It shows you are fake. Accept it like a man.

    March 20, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |

    Rubio-Blount Amendment. Enough said!

    March 20, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  9. mike

    Dont trust Rubio . The man has a ton of baggage from his day's as Speaker Of The House in Florida.

    March 20, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  10. ShawnDH

    The failed and hideously oppressive, War on Women, War on Workers Blunt-Rubio Amendment will haunt this amateur's entire political career. I'll never, ever forget it.

    March 20, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  11. GonzoinHouston

    Rubio is auditioning for the VP slot. It's a nice concept, I suppose, but the evangelicals will demand Santorum, and he'll have the delegates to prove it. Romney/Santorum, 2012. Let me know how that works out for you.

    March 20, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  12. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    Will he get things off on the right foot by telling more lies about his family and background?

    March 20, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. GI Joe.

    I wouldn't read one of his lie-filled books if someone paid me.

    March 20, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |